Strauss-Kahn lawyers seek records from NYC hotel

AP News
Posted: Oct 26, 2011 3:48 PM
Strauss-Kahn lawyers seek records from NYC hotel

Lawyers for Dominique Strauss-Kahn are seeking records from a New York City hotel as they fight a lawsuit by a maid who says the former International Monetary Fund leader sexually assaulted her in a hotel room.

In subpoenas to the Sofitel hotel, the lawyers requested information including any phone calls made to or from the room, as well as information on who entered it. Lawyers also sought information on anything the maid said in connection to the alleged assault.

Nafissatou Diallo maintains that Strauss-Kahn attacked her on May 14 in his swank suite at the midtown Manhattan hotel.

Strauss-Kahn initially was charged with attempted rape after the maid said he attacked her in his hotel suite and forced her to perform oral sex. The criminal case was dismissed when prosecutors said they had lost faith in her credibility after a series of lies she told them unrelated to the assault allegations. Strauss-Kahn has since gone back to France. Diallo filed the civil complaint against the one-time French presidential contender when the criminal case was still active.

Lawyers for the hotel's parent company have pushed back on some of the subpoena requests, saying they were overly broad.

Other requests include records of any statement by any hotel employee concerning the alleged assault and any record of the hotel's cooperation with officials investigating the encounter.

A writer's case against Strauss-Kahn in Paris also was dropped this month. French prosecutors said that while he may have done something that qualifies as sexual assault, they couldn't send him to trial because it happened too long ago. Strauss-Kahn called the writer's claim imaginary.